Salaah

No Focus in Salaah

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Q: I happened to pray zuhr salah at home, but as soon as I started to pray, a family member unintentionally started to talk to somebody loudly and with the other person on speaker. I did complete my prayer without any mistakes but during the entire time I could hear these people talk and there was no focus or khushoo in the salah. Is this salah valid or does it need to be repeated?

A:
Although there was no focus, nevertheless the Salaah is valid and does not have to be repeated.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Hand on Head after Salaah

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Q: Why after Fard salaah do we keep our right hand on our heads?

A:
It is not necessary to do so nor is it a part of the Salaah.

A Hadeeth mentions a Du'aa that can be recited after Namaaz. If the person recites this Du'aa then he will place or rub his right hand on the front of his head while reciting it.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Reciting behind Imam

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Q: When performing salah behind the imam for zuhr and asr, since these are silent prayers do you have to recite surah fatiha and a surah yourself or remain silent? Also during the last two rakats of esha, if reading behind an imam, do you read surah fatiha or remain silent?

A:
You will remain silent in all the Rakaats you mentioned.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Shafi Imam and Qunoot

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Q: Shafi imam leads congregation. Is he obligated to read Qunoot at the end? If he doesn't, is his salat valid? The followers are hanafi majority.

A:
If the Imam is a Shaafi'ee, he will read the Qunoot. It is a compulsory Sunnah upon him. This applies to Fajr.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Calculating Missed Salaah

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Q: I would like to know how to calculate the cost for missed salah for my late dad.

A:
The Fidyah for each Salaah is one Fitrah amount, that is, the Sadaqatul-Fitr that is paid out on the occasion of Eidul-Fitr. In the Hanafi maz-hab one has to pay Fidyah for the Witr Salaah as well, making it 6 Qadhaa a day. For each Qadhaa one has to pay one Fitrah amount; so that's 6 Fitras for the day.

The ruling regarding Fidyah for a dead person is that if the deceased had left behind money and had instructed the heirs to pay his or her Fidyah from that money, then payment of Fidyah will be done up to one third of the estate. Over and above that, the heirs will not be obliged to pay any more Fidyah out for the deceased. Heirs are allowed to pay whatever they can afford on behalf of the deceased from their own pocket, and then make Du'aa to Allah Ta'ala that He forgives the deceased for the unpaid Salaahs.

At the time of paying, find out what the Fitrah amount is for the day you choose to pay.

Mufti Siraj Desai

Start of Concessions for Traveller

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Q: When are you classed as a musfair (Islamic traveller) when you are travelling a distance more than 52 miles? Is it the moment you leave your house? This is what I heard so is there any clear proof ?

A:
If a person is travelling for 77.7km or more then he becomes a Musaafir when he leaves the border of his hometown and not when he leaves his house. This is mentioned in the books of Fiqh.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Khutba in English

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Q: I am in the US for a few months and have found most of the masajid have Khutbah in English. I am not familiar with this practice, as in South Africa the Khutbah is in Arabic. Please advise further regarding the Khutbah being in English. Should I attend a masjid which has a full Arabic khutbah, although it is further, or attend the masjid which has English Khutbah and is closer?

A:
It will be better to attend the Masjid with the Arabic Khutbah.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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